Chennai Test heading for exciting finish

Published: Monday, December 15, 2008, 12:03 [IST]
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Chennai Test evenly poised

Chennai: Chasing a record target of 387 runs, India lost Gambhir (66) and Dravid (4) in the opening session on Day 5 of the first Test against England in Chennai.

India's hopes of achieving history suffered an early setback with Rahul Dravid continuing his dismal recent run, but a determined partnership between opener Gautam Gambhir and Sachin Tendulkar helped them add 49 runs in the first hour to reach 180 for two, still needing 207 runs for victory.

Dravid's woes continued as he could manage only 4 runs off 19 deliveries. Dravid had scored only one half-century in his last 19 Test innings, which is likely to increase the pressure for him to be dropped for the second Test in Mohali in four days time

James Anderson dismissed Gambhir by having him caught at gully by Paul Collingwood who dived to his right to take a good catch.

Gambhir hit seven fours in his knock and added 42 runs with Tendulkar for the third wicket.

It brought Tendulkar to the crease, who was given a testing introduction with Flintoff examining his technique with a number of short balls before he demonstrated his class by cutting his first boundary. Tendulka moved to 27 by lunch and VVS Laxman was looking ominous on 20. India further need 174 runs to clinch a historic victory in Chennai.

On Sunday, Sehwag sent the English on a leather hunt by blazing his way to a 68-ball 83 after smashing to a half-century off just 32 balls.

Sehwag's fascinating innings, that was studded with four sixes and eleven fours, came to an end when he fell leg before wicket to Graeme Swann to put India at 117/1.


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